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Sold into Marriage: One Girl's Living Nightmare [Kindle Edition]

Sean Boyne
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1973 a sixteen-year-old Irish schoolgirl was sold into marriage by her father. Her groom was a farmer almost four times her age. Despite a pre-nuptial agreement guaranteeing that there would be no sex, her husband raped her repeatedly. He also beat her.

Although she made desperate pleas for help, the legal system, the police and the clergy failed to come to her aid. Sold into Marriage is the story of that girl's loveless marriage, as told to journalist Sean Boyne, her rape, subsequent pregnancy and suicide attempt and her eventual escape to London and freedom.


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'A disturbing and well-written account of savage cruelty'

(The Sunday Tribune The Sunday Tribune)

'A chilling account of cruelty, abuse and domination. Nuala comes across as an exceptional person, who despite her horrific ordeal, never lost her sense of self'

(Ireland on Sunday Ireland on Sunday)

'A sad reminder of the closed society which we tolerated until very recently'

(Leinster Leader Leinster Leader)

'an incredible and disturbing story'

(Southside People Southside People)

'Nuala's tale is an emotional one that makes for compulsive reading'

(Cathy Kelly)

'... will strike a chord with any woman who has been trapped into a bad relationship, but I guarantee you none of you will ever have equalled the likes of the horrors perpretrated on this poor girl before she finally broke out of her cage.'

(Modern Woman)

About the Author

Sean Boyne is a journalist and author, and is currently news editor of The Sunday World, a major Irish newspaper.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0862785812
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press (29 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095XKIKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!! 28 Jan. 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although at times a harrowing read, this book is a story of a truely strong spirit, it seems unbelievable these things could happen in modern times,(a time of happiness and discovery to most of us in this age group) I could hardly breath when reading of her escape. The fact that she has survived to raise her children is inspiring. God bless you and give you peace in the rest of your life
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read but very sad 29 Aug. 2003
Format:Paperback
I read this book in around six hours as i was unable to put it down. What that poor girl actually went through only she knows. One can only imagine. Im surprised she didnt actually commit suicide. I can honestly say im sure i'd have killed "the husband" and done time for it. How she kept her sanity one can only guess. A must read for those who enjoy reading about real life. Fantastic but very sad.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sold into Marriage? 16 Mar. 2003
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Sold into slavery more like. I could not believe this actually happened in the 'liberated' 70's with all the glamrock stuff that was going on. Something tells me that somewhere in this island, similar treatment of young women is still going on.
This book was riveting from the first shocking page until the end. I couldn't put it down and when I did, I thanked God for the wonderful life I had growing up in the same period.
This book was very well written albeit painful for the 'victim' and I hope she can move on from this nightmare.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader from Crowland in Lincolnshire. 20 Oct. 2003
Format:Paperback
A truly amazing read. I just couldn't put the book down, once I had started reading it. It seems incomprehensible that somebody should have had to endure what the main character did, as late as the 70's.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enduring 22 Sept. 2003
Format:Paperback
This book really showed how this girls endurance was tested to the limit. It was an inspiring book that at times left me horrified that this could be done to people. Really worth reading.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wicked 18 Dec. 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
wicked being in the sense that this was allowed to happen and for so long.Nualas ordeal was a travesty ,how her parents slept at night is beyond me and why the police and others failed her beggars belief.Thank goodness she has managed to walk away from all this with at least some of her dignity intact,AND hold her head up as well,for none of this was her fault,only societys.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 18 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I found myself unable to put this book down.... I feel so sorry for Nuala, but I also feel angry that this was allowed to happen to her, her whole life has been ruined leaving her to suffer for her Fathers greed of money. A fantastic but sad book....
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 30 April 2002
By Christine L HALL OF FAME
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I spent a large part of this story being angry with Nuala's mother. Although she herself was a victim of her husband I simply could not understand how a woman could let something like this happen to her own child for fear of what her husband might do to her. Other than that, this is a fascinating story, and it truly boggles the mind to think that this didn't happen 100 years ago, or in the backwaters of a far away place. This happened in Ireland in the 1970s!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
Sad story, easy to read and well written
Published 4 days ago by Angela3
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
Really enjoyed this book but am shocked something like this could happen in Ireland in the 1970's! She was very brave escaping from him and making a new life for herself. Read more
Published 5 days ago by karen hodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thankyou
Published 25 days ago by julie wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 1 month ago by L H Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars A review
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a story where she is deserted. By her own family to be sold as an ex-wife
Published 1 month ago by Shailu Chudasama
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad story
Written so you can feel every step she takes,so sad.I couldn't put it down.I hope the best for her future.
Published 2 months ago by Eva Ludvigsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
Unbelievable that this sort of thing happened. Book was well written and once started I wanted to keep reading.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Nuala has a story that is harrowing, I don't think I could ever forgive either, after everything she had to go through I was so pleased to be able read on about her escape and life... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katy Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A1 product
Published 3 months ago by DJB
4.0 out of 5 stars A gutsy portrayal of the life of a young girl sold into marriage
Nuala's story is a remarkably emotional story of abuse and violence towards a young girl, and her escape to freedom. A great read
Published 3 months ago by maria
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